Taught course

Golf Coaching

University of Birmingham · School of Sport and Exercise Sciences

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Entry requirements

This programme is open to all recognised golf professionals. Coaching: All students required to be qualified coaches. Students will also be expected to regularly coach an average of 3 hours per week whilst on the programme. Academic: (i) Attainment of a good Honours degree (normally First or Upper Second Class) Or (ii) Attainment of an alternative qualification or qualifications and/or evidence of experience judged as satisfactory. This may include the requirement to produce a written piece of work and attendance at interview. Or (iii) Attainment of the FdA Professional Golf awarded by the University

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is a unique development in the field of golf coaching in seeks to develop you into a high quality coach through learning in a research led environment. Taking the programme will develop your skills and understanding of new developments and theory in coaching and its allied areas and to integrate this knowledge into your own personal practice.

The programme consists of three taught modules that are taken part-time over one year. The modules are briefly outlined below.

Research Methods and Skills in Sport Coaching

The module will examine different research traditions and provide students with an opportunity to critique existing empirical material. Students will explore key theoretical issues such as interview techniques; designing of quantitative questionnaires; data analysis (both quantitative and qualitative) and the development and completion of ethics forms. Students will also examine the process of data collection; management; interpretation; analysis and presentation through the use of case studies.

Advanced Coaching Theory

In this module students will examine the principles of the reflective practice in coaching and how reflection can take on different forms. Students will be required to reflect upon their own coaching practice and this process will be used to critique the role of pedagogy in coaching practice. The module will introduce students to the holistic nature of coaching. Students will also explore the notion of expertise in coaching and how expertise in developed in both coaching and other domains.

Integrated Coaching

This module introduces students to the concept of player and participant development from a multi-disciplinary standpoint (a bio-psycho-social approach). It analyses and evaluates the role of sports science within coaching and will critique existing models of player development. Students will be expected to critique the current theory and consider their own personal practice in this regard.

Students will engage with the multi-disciplinary nature of coaching and performance and will use player to data to produce an applied development strategy using case studies designed to develop an understanding of the difficulties involved in player development.

Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • AdvCert
    part time
    12-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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